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Chulalongkorn University is at present beneath strain from an alumni group, Community of Universities Reform, to reveal the findings of an investigation into an alleged fraudulent doctoral analysis paper. The contentious thesis, penned by Nattapon Jaijin, has been beneath scrutiny for 3 years, a indisputable fact that has sparked frustration inside the group.

The group’s chief, Wirangrong Dabbaransi, has taken to Fb to voice her displeasure and name for transparency from the college. She confirmed that the investigation has concluded, and its findings have been handed over to the committee chairman. Nonetheless, the discharge of the findings is now reliant on the college council, who’re believed to personal them.

The drawn-out nature of this course of is contrasted by the swift decision of a associated defamation trial. Nattapon had claimed that Chaiyan Chaiyaporn, a political science professor at Chulalongkorn University, had defamed him and sought 1 million baht (US$ 28,265) in damages. The court docket dominated in favour of the professor on March 5, citing tutorial freedom of expression.

Chaiyaporn had accused Nattapon of together with 31 cases of inconsistent and inaccurate references in his thesis, which discusses Thai politics beneath the management of Subject Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the prime minister from 1948 to 1957. This dispute led to the defamation swimsuit and the college’s subsequent investigation.

In a disturbing twist, Wirangrong talked about a circulating hearsay that even when the analysis paper had been discovered to comprise falsified data, the college might not have the authority to rescind Jaijin’s doctoral diploma. She expressed concern that this, together with the delay within the launch of the probe’s findings, may doubtlessly injury the college’s status and mislead the general public in regards to the function of the monarchy, thereby threatening nationwide safety, reported Bangkok Put up.

In gentle of these points, Wirangrong has referred to as on the college to disclose the investigation results. She suggested that if the college is unable to revoke Jaijin’s diploma, they need to on the very least annul his thesis, and if there are additional delays in revealing the investigation’s findings, the college ought to present a transparent timeline for conclusion.

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